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Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, February 7
This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, February 7, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "wild animals." I'll be soliciting ideas for historic or modern species, individual animals, people who work with wild animals, tools used by wild animals, interesting environmental features, wilderness habitats, things that wild animals do, things that people do with or to wild animals, peculiar life cycle events, mysteries such as species that are believed extinct but might not be, animal symbolism, and poetic forms in particular. 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week. Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 


Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.

I'm going to host a Poetry Fishbowl on my blog on Tuesday, February 7. I'll be soliciting ideas for thematic characters, objects, plots, settings, and poetic forms in particular. Chances are I'll spend a good chunk of the day, from afternoon to evening or more, alternating between this site and doing stuff offline so my back doesn't weld itself to the chair.


Perks: I will post at least one of the resulting fishbowl poems on the blog for everyone to enjoy, and an extra one if there's at least one new prompter or donor. The rest will be available for audience members to buy, and whatever's left over will go into my archive for magazine submission.

If donations total $150+ then you get a free series poem after the Poetry Fishbowl. Everyone will get to vote which series gets a new poem.  If donations reach $200, you get a whole extra fishbowl for a poetic series, including a free poem. Everyone will get to vote on which series, and give prompts during the extra fishbowl, although it's likely to be a half-day rather than a whole day.  If donations reach $250, you get another free series poem; the two may be in the same series or in different series.

I want to promote linkbacks pointing people to the "Fishbowl Open" post on Tuesday. I have a spare series poem available, and each linkback will reveal a verse of "Grit and Grace" (Path of the Paladins).  One person can do multiple links if they're on different services, like Dreamwidth or Twitter, rather than all on LiveJournal.


If you enjoy my poetry -- or if you just love poetry in general, or want to promote interest in wild animals -- please mark the fishbowl date on your calendar. Drop by and give me some ideas, comment on the posted poetry, encourage people to come look, whatever tickles your fancy. I hope to see you then!

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